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Local videographer helps create a new happy memory for Las Vegas shooting victim

Posted at 7:29 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 06:54:28-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wedding videos are what Bonnie Newman does. She's a videographer who owns her own business, Bonnie Newman Creative.

She captures memories that are cherished for a lifetime.

But a celebration between Michaela Clark and her now husband Greg, is one Newman finds just as precious as the bride herself.

"I was getting choked up a lot, even in the editing process going through all the footage," said Newman.

"I swear that's what made it possible for me to wake up every morning, knowing that they were people out there that didn't even know me," said Clark.

The two women now talk daily.

Newman lives in St. Petersburg and Michaela is from Austin.

It was a tragic moment that brought the two women together.

"I heard her story and I wanted to help," said Newman.

Newman had been contemplating moving her business to Austin, Texas when a fellow videographer told her about Clark.

Clark was among the music fans celebrating a festival on the Las Vegas strip when a gunman opened fire.

The bullet that struck Michaela is still lodged in her back.

"I'm still in a lot of pain," said Clark.

She is physically and emotionally, but thanks to Newman she has not lost faith in people. Clark had planned to put her wedding on hold.

"Financially, I didn't want to put a burden on anybody," said Clark.

But people like Newman rallied, to help give Clark, a new memory.

'It does not have to be a financial contribution. If you have the skill and something to offer to make someone's life easier. It's a great opportunity to do that," said Newman.

"At the end of the day no matter what happens love wins," said Clark.